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Albert Edward Ingram (b. 1902)

Albert Ingram was the second husband of Alfred Hitchcock's sister, Ellen.


Albert Edward Ingram was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and worked as a licensed victualler in the London area.

His first marriage was in 1923 to Elizabeth "Bessie" McParlin. The exact circumstances of what happened next are unclear, but Elizabeth married again in 1925 to William Alfred Encell — this was a unlawful marriage and when Bessie was arrested the following year, she pleaded guilty to the charge of bigamy. Albert Edward petitioned for divorce in 1928, although this process took over two years to complete.

By the the summer of 1927, Albert Edward had begun an affair with Alfred Hitchcock's widowed sister, Ellen Kathleen Lee, and they had a child out of wedlock — Albert William Ingram, known as Bill, was born in 1928. According to biographer John Russell Taylor, this was hushed up by the Hitchcock family and Bill was "generally farmed out to foster parents, and had lost contact with his mother for many years".[1]

Following the completion of his divorce, he married Ellen Kathleen in April 1931 and they spent the next few years residing at various public houses in the London area.

It seems probable the marriage failed after a few years and the couple separated but likely didn't divorce.



  • born 1902 in Tarkatan, South Africa


  • William James Ingram (b. ~1899)[4]
  • Percival Joseph Ingram (b. 1904)[5]


Elizabeth "Bessie" McParlin (b. 1902)

  • born 14/Aug/1902[6]
  • married 18/Dec/1923 to Albert Edward Ingram[7] — witnesses were G. Whates[8] and T.G. Gadd[9]
  • unlawfully married 1925 to William Alfred Encell (b. 1891)[10] and later pleaded guilty to a charge of bigamy[11]
  • divorce proceedings from Albert Edward Ingram began in 1928
  • remarried 1932 to William Alfred Encell
  • died 1984[12]

Ellen Kathleen Hitchcock (b. 1892)


Known children of Ellen Kathleen Hitchcock and Albert Edward Ingram

Albert William Ingram (b. 1928)

  • born 09/Apr/1928 at 30 Surrey Square, London, SE17[19]
  • also known as Bill Ingram
  • adoption organised in 1928 by midwife Johanna May Driver (b. ~1881) née Goldschmidt[20][21]
  • worked in the British film industry and by 1971 was vice president in charge of operations of Technicolor Ltd. UK[22]
  • died 2011 in Norfolk[23]


  • 1960s

Family Tree


Census Data


  • address: 3 Norreys Avenue, Hinksey, Oxford
  • John Henry Ingram (aged 36) — head, occupation: pawnbroker's assistant
  • Rosina Ingram (aged 33) — wife
  • William James Ingram (aged 12) — son
  • Albert Edward Ingram (aged 8) — son
  • Percival Joseph Ingram (aged 6) — son

Other Documents


Bessie McParlin

Ellen Kathleen Lee (née Hitchcock)

Research Notes

Telephone Directory Entries

  • 1931 — Ingram Albert E, 309 Evelyn St. SE8 .... NEW X 2850[24]
  • 1932 — Ingram Albert E, 309 Evelyn St. SE8 .... NEW X 2850

Notes & References

  1. Hitch: The Life and Times of Alfred Hitchcock (1978) by John Russell Taylor, introduction of 2013 edition
  2. Born around 1875 in East Ham (possibly John Henry Ingram whose birth was registered Q4 1874 West Ham). Profession given as a ship's steward, although he was working as a pawnbroker's assistant at the time of the 1911 Census. According to his son's 1923 marriage certificate, also worked as a licensed victualler. Died between 1923 and 1931, with the most likely match being John H. Ingram who died 1929 aged 54 in Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire.
  3. Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Possibly died 1937 aged 60 in Abingdon, Berkshire.
  4. Born around 1899 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Possibly married 1934 to Winifred N. Sanders [reg. Q4 1934 Ploughley, Oxfordshire.
  5. Born 26/Dec/1904 in King William Town, Cape Colony. Probably married 1933 to Kathleen F. Johnson [reg. Q3 1933 Reading, Berkshire]. Died 1980 [reg. Q3 1980 Basingstoke].
  6. Date of birth according to death registry entry.
  7. Marriage registered Q4 1923 Limehouse.
  8. Likely George John Whates, born 13/Nov/1898 in Stepney, London. Married 1923 to Daisy C. Thomas. Died 1956 aged 57.
  9. This was most likely stone mason Thomas George Gadd (b. ~1883). Married 16/Apr/1910 to Gertrude Evelyn Gabell (b. ~1885). Died 1934 in Stepney, London.
  10. Born 13/Oct/1891 in Leeds. Died 1969 aged 77.
  11. Marriage registered Q3 1925 Leyburn, Yorkshire.
  12. Death registered Q4 1984 Claro, Yorkshire.
  13. Birth of Ellen Kathleen Hitchcock registered Q4 1892 West Ham.
  14. Marriage registered Q4 1915 St. George in the East. Father Breen was a priest in Walthamstow in 1911, so may known the Hitchcock family.
  15. Father of the groom, born around 1863.
  16. Marriage registered Q2 1931 Fulham.
  17. Ellen Kathleen's 1936 Electoral Registry entry doesn't list Albert at the same address. Ellen accompanied Alfred and Alma to the USA in July 1956 and was apparently single.
  18. Death of Ellen Kathleen Ingram registered Q1 1979 Bromley.
  19. Birth registered 18/Apr/1932 Southwark. 28-30 Surrey Square was St. Margaret's Nursing Home, which appears to have been a private property used for training midwives. This was located a short walk from a property at 239 Old Kent Road owned by Ellen Kathleen's uncle, John Sylvester Hitchcock.
  20. Source: http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/20671472/person/18025865743
  21. Johanna May Driver was born around 1881 in London and likely became a midwife after the death of her husband, William Joseph Driver, in 1912. She was based at 28-30 Surrey Square (also known as St. Margaret's), and was possibly in charge of the nursing home. She died 19/Jan/1959 and her probate record gives her address as still being Surrey Square.
  22. See introduction to 2013 edition of "Hitch: The Life and Times of Alfred Hitchcock" - by John Russell Taylor. Bill met his uncle, Alfred Hitchcock, during the filming of Frenzy (1972).
  23. Source: http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/20671472/person/18025865743
  24. This was the Old Gibraltar public house, 309 Evelyn Street, Greenwich, London. See Pub History: Old Gibraltar